ISIS has urged supporters to use poison: There is both good news and bad news on the terrorism front. ISIS is now being defeated on the battlefield, but the group remains dangerous. Despite that, it is important to realize that our food supply remains vulnerable. In early September of this year, for example, ISIS called for its supporters to target “unbelievers” (i.e., the West) by injecting poisons (such as cyanide) into fruits and vegetables or containers of ice cream found in supermarkets and grocery stores. The chance of ISIS sympathizers in the U.S. being able to obtain cyanide is remote, but their ability to obtain other toxic chemicals is not. ISIS has also called for additional attacks on markets, restaurants, clubs and bars. READ MORE

TERRORISM

Atlanta airport power outage: If a terrorist wanted to find the most vulnerable point in America’s airport network they could not have hoped for a better guide than what happened on Sunday at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson. Just imagine  a classic plan for phase one of a terrorist attack: Render the target blind. None of the defenses are operational. Thousands of people are trapped in restricted space without directions about how they can find an exit. As chaos spreads nobody knows who turn to for information. The communications blackout is as complete as the power blackout. Given this situation a small band of suicide bombers could roam freely and commit mayhem and massacre on an unprecedented scale. South Korean and U.S. forces conducted a joint training last week for infiltrating North Korea and removing weapons of mass destruction in case of conflict, military sources said. READ MORE

NORTH KOREA

How to prepare for a nuclear attack: Children growing up in the 1980s were vaguely aware of the threat of nuclear annihilation the way children today are vaguely aware of the threat of being eaten by sharks. Their parents’ experience with the threat of nuclear war was different because the Soviets were out there, bristling with warheads. Then, in the 1990s, the threat of nuclear attack shifted to the background, transforming itself into the fear that a terrorist would obtain a nuclear device or set off a dirty bomb. It has been only recently, with North Korea’s tests of high-yield nuclear devices and long-range missiles, that the threat of a nuclear strike by a foreign adversary again has started to seem like something that might actually happen. READ MORE

The North Korean situation: Crowds of flower-bearing North Koreans paid respects on the sixth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, on Sunday as fears that the country could launch another missile continued to rise. South Korean and U.S. forces also conducted a joint training last week for infiltrating North Korea and removing weapons of mass destruction in case of conflict, military sources said. Finally, top U.S. and Chinese military officials have finally met to discuss the once-taboo topic of the possible collapse of  North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week. Read more HEREHERE,  and HERE.

American doctors not prepared for nuclear attack: According to a study from the University of Georgia, American medical professionals are not properly prepared to handle the needs of patients after a nuclear attack. A story on the school’s website says researchers analyzed survey responses from more than 400 emergency medical personnel in the U.S. and Asia to find out if medical professionals would show up to the site of a nuclear attack and, if they did, whether or not they know the appropriate treatment protocols. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Wendy’s plans to reduce antibiotics in beef supply chain: Wendy’s has laid out plans to reduce antibiotics use in its beef supply chain, its next step after having completed such efforts in chicken. The Dublin, Ohio-based burger chain said that beginning in 2018 it will source about 15 percent of its beef rom producers that have committed to a 20 percent reduction of the only medically important antibiotic routinely fed to their cattle. That antibiotic was reported to be Tylosin. READ MORE

Dairy farm workers arrested for animal cruelty: Police in Florida arrested three dairy farm employees on animal cruelty charges following the release of an undercover video by animal rights group showing workers abusing cows. Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen said three McArthur Dairy workers were arrested Wednesday, The Palm Beach Post reported. The video by Animal Recovery Mission showed workers striking cows in the face and udders with plastic pipes, Stephen said. Three other dairies also are being investigated, he said. READ MORE

States sue over Massachusetts cage-free law: Thirteen states are suing Massachusetts over a voter-approved law that will ban the sale of eggs and other food products from farm animals that were confined in overly restrictive cages. The lawsuit was filed directly with the U.S. Supreme Court last week and follows another filed earlier in the month by more than a dozen states against California, which has a similar law. The 13 states, led by Indiana, claim the Massachusetts law violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

‘Kitten hackers’ pose increasing threat: Tehran poses an increasing cyber threat to the U.S., in light of the Trump administration’s allegations that Iran is violating United Nations Security Council resolutions tied to the nuclear agreement. Iran-sponsored hackers—dismissively referred to as “kittens” for their original lack of sophistication—are bolstering their cyber warfare capabilities as part of their rivalry with Saudi Arabia. READ MORE